Name: Aubrey Kumm
Qualification: BVSc MRCVS
Position: MSc (Neuroscience) scholar
Title: Feasibility of an iPhone App to detect risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder in a low-income South African setting
Problem: More than 90% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) live in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) where there is a great need for culturally appropriate, scalable and effective early identification and intervention tools. Smart phone technology and application (‘apps’) may potentially play an important role in this regard. The Autism&Beyond iPhone App was designed as potential screening tool for autism risk in children, aged 12-72 months.
Project: Here we investigated the feasibility of a mobile application that elicits and quantifies social referencing and positive emotional behaviours in young children to detect risk for ASD.